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SWIMMING    Kirsten Fisher-Marsters   Wesley Roberts
ATHLETICS  Alex Beddoes, 800 metres
KAYAKING    Kohl Tamarua-Horton and Jade Tierney
Kirsten Fisher- Marsters in action
Wesley Roberts, the Atiu Rocket
It's was one of the smallest teams in Tokyo, but its aims and hopes werejust as big as those from the larger nations. Although there were no medals, the national olympic committee said all of the athletes did the country proud. The Cook Islands have competed in eight previous summer Games

23 year old KIRSTEN FISHER-MARSTERS has been a stunt woman and and a finalist in Miss Auckland 2017, but she's been a swimmer since before she could walk. She first competed internationally at the Indoor and Martial Art Games in Turkmenistan in 2017 recording personal best times and setting two Cook Islands records. In 2018, she swam the 50m and 100m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games.


25 year old WESLEY ROBERTS from Atiu broke the national record in the 400 metres freestyle with a time of 3 minutes 52.5 seconds at the Australian Olympic trials to quality for Tokyo, and is dubbed the 'Atiu Rocket '. He's studying for a degree in sotware development at universtity in Australia. This was his second Olympics. He represented the Islands at the 2016 games where he swam in the men's 1500m freestyle. And although he didn't pick up a medal there, he's no stranger to them.

Jane Nicholas shows  off her canoeing skills

Doctor JANE NICHOLAS has made Olympic history as the first woman to compete in an Olympic canoe slalom event as her sport and the Games move closer to gender parity.
For the best part of a decade,she's competed for New Zealand where she was born and grew up. And while her brother and sister both switched allegiance to the Cook Islands where their father was born, she resisted while they enjoyed Olympic selection.  All three were brought up as Cook Islanders, most of her family live there and she travels back regularly.  She's raced in four world cup events and qualified for the Olympics at the world championships in Spain. 

 Kirsten lives in New Zealand and works as relationship ambassador for Hyundai, but it's the Cook Islands which still inspires her. She told 'Athlete' magazine:

He won gold in the men's 1500 and 400 metres long course freestyle event at the 2016 Oceania Swimming Championships,  and a gold, 2 silver and a bronze in the 200 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle, 1500 Freestyle and the 100 Freestyle respectively at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.
"I love listening to the Cook Island drums just before my race. It gives me a sense of pride and lights a little fire in me."
"Whenever I'm back there, back home, people will stop you in the street and congratulate you and they're so proud and always following your journey and that's something really special to have that nation behind you."
Kohl Tamarua-Horton and Jade Tierney

At just 17, Kohl and Jade are the youngest team members but with some great experience behind them. They recently returned from the NZCT New Zealand National Sprint Championships where Kohl made the finals in the Olympic distances in the U18 Men's division while Tierney and her sister Lily bagged two bronze medals. The pair also competed alongside New Zealand's top kayakers at the New Zealand Nationals and Oceania Canoe Sprint Championships in February. Kohl is set to make his Olympic debut in the men's kayak single 1000 metres and Jade in the women's kayak single 200 metres
Cook Islands canoe and kayak  coach Ron Rolleston has worked closely with them and said they were following an historic tradition, albeit at a competitive level. "Our people were traditionally paddlers and sailors," he told Cook Islands News
Alex Beddoes sprinting to the finish line

25 year old ALEX BEDDOES was named Sportsman of the Year at last year's Cook Islands National Sports Awards, adding yet another honour to his collection. He was a double gold meddalist at 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa and earlier that year also won the Emerging Talent Award from the Oceania Athletics Association.  Alex holds the national records in the Cook Islands for the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m. It's his second Olympics. He set a personal best at Rio in 2016 but finished ninth in his heat and was eliminated. He still got the spotllight though when he was the Islands' flag bearer at the closing ceremony.

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Photo credits: Kohl Tamarua-Horton and Jade Tierney, Wesley Roberts - Cook Islands News; Jane Nicholas - International Canoe Federation; Kirsten Fisher-Marsters - Kirsten's Facebook page; Alex Beddoes - Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee
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A disappointing outcome for Wesley who was a few seconds slower than the qualifying times he achieved at the Australia Olympic Trials. But the Cook Islands Olympic Committee were still full of praise for him: "Although his times at Tokyo 2020 were not the results that he expected and not a true reflection of what he is capable of we are all extremely proud of his accomplishments. We can be sure to see Wesley again representing the Cook Islands"
RESULT: 400m freestyle - 5th in his heat with a time of 3:55.65. 200m freestyle - 5th in his heat with a time of 1:50.41

The Games were a dream come true for Kirsten who gave it her all achieving a personal best and also breaking her her entry qualifying time of 1:15:98 which she set in April at the NZ OpensThe Cook Islands Olympic Committee said of her: "As a child she recalls  watching the 2008 Beijing Olympics and writing in a journal 'I'm going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics' and that she did and more!"
RESULT:  She was 6th in her in 100m Breaststroke heat with a time of 1:13:98

RESULTS: Jade - Women's Kayak single 200m heat -  finished 6th in a time of 48.271; quarter final, finished 8th in 49.290
Kohl - Men's kayak single 1000m - finished last in 4:24.679; quarter final, finished last in 4:39.138
Men's kayak single 200m heat,  finished 5th out of 6 in 40.061 and did not finish in the quarter final

She decided in 2018 to represent the Islands and was named Sportswoman of the Year at the 2020 Cook Islands Sports AwardsIn an interview with Radio New Zealand she said there's something very special about representing a smaller nation:
Jane made it through to the semi-finals of the Kasai canoe slalom with her second run time shaving 30 seconds off her first run time, but finished 22nd in the semi final where only the first 10 athletes qualify for the final.
RESULT: First run, - 148.7 seconds. Second run -  116.70. Semi-final - 138.84

Alex achieved a new national record and personal best in the 800m but missed out on progressing to the semi final by just 0.67 of a second.
RESULT: Heat, 1.47.85